Disclaimer: I know nothing about salary caps but I'm gonna say these pairs are within a few million of each other. If one side is significantly cheaper (I'd guess Kipper and Hiller are cheaper) that may alter my opinion.
It's really bizarre at the start of the year no way would you think that the one known out of these 4 would be Nabokov!
This yearI rank them:
Luongo- The best goalie listed on the best team and is red hot. Schneider breathing down his neck, could be off to any team
Nabokov- an average goalie on an average team put the starter this year.
Hiller- looks terrible and has Fasth coming, Ducks are much improved team
Kipper- the man so long as he's healthy. Hurt for the moment and the team in front of him sucks. He won't win many games.
Luongo gets much stronger. Ultimately he will be the clear cut number 1 somewhere and put up strong sv%, lots of starts and thus solid win totals.
Hiller- Has put up steady peripherals for many years, if Fasth steals the starter job he could find a job elsewhere. Still only 30 years old which is the youngest of the 4.
Nabokov- He's 37 so not a ton left. The Islanders are improving and Nabokov has been steady but with an old guy injuries and rising guys are always a threat.
Kipper- He's 36. So long as he stays in Calgary he'll be the man because they are re-building (whether they admit or not) and I understand they have very little in the pipeline. His sv% will be fine, the same as the other 4 guys, however the wins will be few and far between.
Given all that I prefer Nabokov/Luongo now and in the future. First off Luongo is head and shoulders above the other 3. The more I think about it I really see them keeping both guys for the season unless Gillis gets a big offer for Luongo. Shortened season, Luongo red hot, window to win is closing as Sedins age, not a big cap issue this year. The real salary cap issues won't come until next summer and even if Luongo gets moved he'll be the man wherever he ends up.
12 team H-2-H 1 year league, daily roster changes, 3 goalie start minimum/week
2xC, 2xRW, 2xLW, 4xD, 3xUtil, 2xG, 5 Bench
G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Hits, W, SV%, GAA
C: Malkin, Backstrom, Stepan, Ribeiro,
LW: Vanek, Moulson, Dubinsky
RW: Kessel, Vrbata, Clutterbuck, Okposo, Setoguchi,
D: Green, Johnson, Wideman, Bogosian, Gudas
G: Lehtonen, Holtby, Mason